Waffle Crush Wednesday: Locanda Verde
Brunch is a New York City staple. But in a city overflowing with hundreds of weekend brunch options, a solid weekday waffle spot is hard to come by. Enter Locanda Verde. The restaurant, which is attached to the celeb hotspot Greenwich Hotel, is known for its delicious Italian cuisine. Dinner reservations are nearly impossible to come by. But never fear — the breakfast is equally as delicious.
This Tribeca spot is open for an all-morning and all-day pastry and coffee bar. The extensive breakfast menu is no joke, serving up dishes like Hazelnut French Toast and Crispy Garlic Potatoes. Both are a must. In fact, the whole menu should be tried ASAP.
The Pastry Mista, the mixed breakfast pastry platter, features different delectables each day — from lemon pistachio donuts to cinnamon pear tarts to coconut crunch bread. If waffles aren’t your thing, we recommend Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Meyer lemon curd. After sampling several menu items, we really can’t steer you in any definitive direction.
Naturally, we ordered the Crispy Whole Grain Waffle. It was served with fresh local strawberry slices, a mascarpone topping, and a warm syrupy glaze. The waffle came to $21 (that’s $4.50 a bite, people). Even if you can’t get a reservation or don’t feel like spending $21 on a waffle, stop in for a cappuccino or two. It’s worth it.
Casper’s Official Waffle Rating: 8.5